After more than 20 years, the city of Phoenix is making changes to its Strategic Plan and wants your input. 

"The plan will be a dynamic document that relies on input from residents and business owners," said Jane L. Morris, executive assistant to the city manager. "The Strategic Planning meetings that will be held throughout the city will allow direct access with and between the city and the public on any comments or concerns that they have with the draft plan."

Fifteen public meetings are scheduled across Phoenix, including one at 5 p.m., April 19 at Pecos Community Center, 17010 S. 48th St. One hour after each meeting, the public will also have a chance to comment on the 2011-2012 proposed city budget.

The planning began in November, when committees were formed for each study area with two members from the public and two from the city to come up with goals. Now that goals are established, the draft is being taken to the public for further input.

The new city plan has 10 areas of study: economic development and education, financial excellence, infrastructure, innovation and efficiency, neighborhoods/livability, Phoenix team, public safety, social services delivery, sustainability, and technology.

The strategic plan will "help guide decision-making at all levels of the organization," according to the city's website.

"Based on a new set of challenges, and the need for a planning document to support the next budget cycle, it would be advantageous to develop a strategic plan," City Manager David Cavazos stated in a memo. "The priorities in the strategic plan would assist in allocating or reallocating limited resources."

The city has also proposed a new mission statement: "To improve the quality of life in Phoenix through efficient delivery of outstanding public services."

According to Cavazos, the last strategic plan was released in January of 1990. That plan's nine key areas were enhanced transportation, fiscal strength, quality services, neighborhood vitality, environmental management, shaping city growth, community pride, safe city and education.

The new plan will be updated every year before the budget cycle.

To find out more about the strategic plan and submit feedback, visit


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